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Angie Miller          

Musician and Top Three Contestant on Season 12 of "American Idol"

Angie Miller is an American singer–songwriter who came in third place on the twelfth season of "American Idol."

Angela Kristine Miller was born on February 17, 1994 in Beverly, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. The Millers served at churches in Lynfield and Cape Cod, where they resided for eight years, before becoming co-pastors at Remix Church, a chapter of the Assemblies of God Protestant group, in Salem.

At an early age, doctors diagnosed that the singer suffered from 40-percent hearing loss in her left ear and 20-percent in her right, after discovering that the protective envelope of her eardrums had vanished. Consequently, she had ear tubes placed and, a month prior to her American Idol audition, fits for silicon spray ear plugs.

As a child, she was exposed to worship music at church and various other styles at home. The Millers are a musical family: Guy plays the keyboard, Tana plays the guitar, and Jonathan plays multiple instruments. Through watching them perform, Miller developed an interest for singing and songwriting at an early age, penning her first effort "Little Sparkle Dress" at age six. Her engagement in children's theatre further nourished her desire to perform. At the age of nine, Miller became an avid fan of the singing competition television series, "American Idol," after seeing the second season finale, which made her long to someday enter the competition herself.

She initially begun playing guitar, but switched over to piano after receiving lessons from an instructor in Cape Cod. Though never receiving formal vocal training, she refined her singing with critiques from her mother. She would often receive input from her brother as well. In 2011, Miller placed seventh out of over 1,000 contenders in the female solo category at the Assemblies of God National Fine Arts Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, prompting three Christian universities, including her top choice Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, to offer her scholarships.

Nonetheless, after careful deliberation, she declined in order to audition for "American Idol" once she finished her high school studies. She also held a job at a fast-food restaurant at Northshore Mall in Peabody, and ran a popular YouTube account where she posted videos of herself covering modern hits.

Miller auditioned for the twelfth season of American Idol in September 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, where she received a golden ticket. At first introduced as Angela, she later adopted the moniker "Angie" with which judge Keith Urban referred to her. During the course of the series, Miller tackled songs by Jessie J, Beyoncé Knowles, Colton Dixon and others. Miller was considered a fan favorite, often placing in the voting's top ranks and becoming the season's sole contestant to not land in the bottom group until her elimination in the Top 3.

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